+//- (Polarities) by Everyone Dies In Utah (Tragic Hero Records)
Ever since the unleashing of Seeing Clearly, their powerhouse debut for Tragic Hero Records, Everyone Dies In Utah has been trekking all across the nation, making a good deal of friends and fans along the way. Instead of hailing from the State where Donny and Marie reside, the gentlemen in Everyone Dies In Utah call Temple, Texas their home – although it is highly unlikely that any of the band members are there much in these days. If +//- (Polarities) is any indication of things to come, it is quite apparent that the guys will be on the road for many months to come, performing these anthems to an ever increasing fan base.
+//- (Polarities) is certainly a gigantic leap sonically from Seeing Clearly. The musical dynamics found within are imaginative and compelling. While they definitely have not left the breakdowns behind, the band has construction ten powerful songs that should really make music fans from across the board stand up and take notice. The first track Factor X literally explodes into your psyche, with the perfect amalgamation of intense screaming and soothing clean vocals. A stunning beginning to be sure, and one that establishes a signature sound for the collective!
The View From Here continues to fully realize a sharp focus and maturity from Everyone Dies In Utah that is exciting to hear. You’re Now Manual then exudes an exciting sense of danger and intrigue throughout the track. A Glowing Core Through The Glass Floor is haunting and cosmic, emerging into a stunning power ballad sure to reverberate through your speakers.
Welcome To The Ward then slams at the listener with its swampy guitars, ominous keyboards, and super aggressive vocal presentation. Synthia Wheres R2 fills the room with a blasting atmospheric wall of sound that will make you want to bang your head into oblivion. Desoto 55 is towering and hypnotic, soaring with its wondrously sentimental lyrics and dazzling soundscapes.
“Don’t bother trying to change my mind,” erupts the commencement of Party On The Moon Tower, another bit of devastation that is instantly memorable. Towards the conclusion of +//- (Polarities), a real shocker arrives in the form of Simply Me 2, a dark and impassioned selection exploring the quieter moments from the band. And then closing out the album is the gripping title cut Polarities, where the chorus “It’s over now, we’ve reached the end this time’ will spin relentlessly within your brain long after the disc reaches its final grooves.
The lively Everyone Dies In Utah consists of Danny Martinez on vocals and synths, Dustin Dow on guitar, Cody Haigis on guitar), Justin Yost on bass and vocals, Trey Golden on keys and synth, and Justin Morgan on drums. +//- (Polarities) was produced by David Ludlow at Hot Damn Media (Greeley Estates, Man Made Machine) and mastered by Joey Sturgis at The Foundation (The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, Attack Attack!) No infamous sophomore slump here as +//- (Polarities) by Everyone Dies In Utah definitely shows a band ready and willing to take it all to the next glorious level.
(Review by Kenneth Morton)
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